Assembling the Puzzle for Promoting Physical Activity in Brazil: A Social Network Analysis

Assembling the Puzzle for Promoting Physical Activity in Brazil: A Social Network Analysis

Author Brownson, Ross C. Google Scholar
Parra, Diana C. Google Scholar
Dauti, Marsela Google Scholar
Harris, Jenine K. Google Scholar
Hallal, Pedro C. Google Scholar
Hoehner, Christine Google Scholar
Malta, Deborah Carvalho Google Scholar
Reis, Rodrigo S. Google Scholar
Ramos, Luiz Roberto Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ribeiro, Isabela C. Google Scholar
Soares, Jesus Google Scholar
Pratt, Michael Google Scholar
Institution Washington Univ
St Louis Univ
Univ Fed Pelotas
Brazil Minist Hlth
Pontificia Univ Catolica Parana
Univ Fed Parana
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Ctr Dis Control & Prevent
Abstract Background: Physical inactivity is a significant public health problem in Brazil that may be addressed by partnerships and networks. In conjunction with Project GUIA (Guide for Useful Interventions for Physical Activity in Brazil and Latin America), the aim of this study was to conduct a social network analysis of physical activity in Brazil. Methods: An online survey was completed by 28 of 35 organizations contacted from December 2008 through March 2009. Network analytic methods examined measures of collaboration, importance, leadership, and attributes of the respondent and organization. Results: Leadership nominations for organizations studied ranged from 0 to 23. Positive predictors of collaboration included: south region, GUIA membership, years working in physical activity, and research, education, and promotion/practice areas of physical activity. The most frequently reported barrier to collaboration was bureaucracy. Conclusion: Social network analysis identified factors that are likely to improve collaboration among organizations in Brazil.
Keywords collaboration
Latin America
Language English
Date 2010-07-01
Published in Journal Of Physical Activity & Health. Champaign: Human Kinetics Publ Inc, v. 7, n. S2, p. S242-S252, 2010.
ISSN 1543-3080 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Human Kinetics Publ Inc
Extent S242-S252
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000280451800014

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